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WOUB is celebrating Women’s History Month across the region with screenings of “Trailblazing Women in Ohio Politics”

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ATHENS, OH – WOUB Public Media is partnering with Ohio University’s regional campuses and libraries across the area to celebrate Women’s History Month with screenings of Trailblazing Women in Ohio Politics.

The hour-long documentary film was produced by WBGU and examines the achievements of Democratic and Republican women who have broken electoral barriers in Ohio. Greeted with skepticism by voters beginning in the 1960s, each trailblazer overcame obstacles and sometimes hostility to get elected. Featured trailblazers include the first woman Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, the first African American woman lieutenant governor in all 50 states, and the longest-serving woman in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The film will premiere on WOUB TV on Thursday, March 28 at 9 p.m.

The regional screening events are free and open to the public. Dates, times and locations are listed below:


  • March 13 at 5:30 p.m. – John McIntire Library, 220 North Fifth Street, Zanesville, OH
  • March 18 at 6 p.m. – Coshocton County District Library, 655 Main Street, Coshocton, OH
    • Featured Speaker: Jessie Tubbs, the first female mayor of West Lafayette
  • March 20 at 5:30 p.m.Marietta College Anderson-Hancock Planetarium, 216 4th Street, Marietta, OH
  • March 26 at 6 p.m. – Ohio University Chillicothe Bennett Hall, 101 University Drive, Chillicothe, OH (Co-sponsored by the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library and the Chillicothe-Ross League of Women Voters)
    • A panel of trailblazing women including Chillicothe’s first woman city council member and first woman mayor will offer perspectives on the documentary and the role of women in Ohio Politics.
  • March 28 at 5:30 p.m. – Ohio University Southern Riffe Rotunda, 1804 Liberty Avenue, Ironton, OH